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Don’t forget! Vintage Fashion Fair Sunday!

April 14th, 2011 · News, Shop Dublin, Shop Vintage, Style Events

The biggest and best vintage fashion fair is this Sunday at the Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire. Doors open at 12pm, be there early to avoid the crowds and to find the best pieces first. Here’s a recap of the event.

I may be pushing it, but I’m bringing the little man with me decked out in vintage…including these rad kicks.

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The Pier

April 13th, 2011 · Real Style

♥ Dress: Old Navy (worn backwards) ♥ Cardi: Dunnes ♥ Leggings Gap ♥ Bag: Dunnes ♥ Pumps: Rocket Dog ♥

During the amazingly warm weather of last week, we took the baby on a little trip to Dun Laoghaire to walk along the pier. Of course, he slept through the entire thing. I loved the sunshine, blue sky, listening to the sea. Call off the wind and it would be perfect weather. It’s days like this that take a little bit of the sting out of my Texashomesickness.

I got this cardigan and bag at Dunnes on sale last week. It had crochet and bead patches on the shoulders, but my husband said I looked like a matador and the beads were falling off (not baby safe!). So I took the crochet pieces off and added them to the red bag (also from Dunnes) to remake two new pieces to suit me better. I plan on adding a bit more to the bag, maybe some embroidered flowers, if I get the time.

Of course the bag is just for show (and to carry my camera) I really roll with the ultimate mommy accessories, my buggy and nappy bag, and baby too of course.

Also, on the nails Rimmel Lasting Finish in Double Decker Red. It’s a great red — kinda coral, kinda orange depending on what it’s near. I’m not so sold on the Lasting big, but I’m really hard on my nails.

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Winning! Thanks

April 8th, 2011 · Shop Online

This week I won a too-cute polka dot t-shirt from In a perfect world, this is how I’d wear it. Still trying to convince my hubby that I need to buy a few new things to go with my shirt. He thinks it is a bad idea.

Laundry Room T-shirt
Have you checked out yet? It is a cute Irish online retailer with some great clothes and accessories. My favourites are the Friis & Company Sunglasses and Maisy Dresses. Shop the outfit here

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Mother’s Day Date Night

April 5th, 2011 · Real Style

♥ Dress: Vero Moda (via Asos) ♥ Glasses: Ralph by Ralph Lauren (via Vision Express) ♥ Black Courts: M&S ♥ Vintage 1940s Crochet & Bamboo Handbag: Discovered at a Brick-a-Brack sale in Howth ♥ Necklace: E.Ria Designs on Etsy

On Saturday, my wonderful husband surprised me (read: forced me) to leave Nate with his auntie so that we could have a romantic night out as a special treat for Mother’s Day. I am so bad at leaving Nate with family to babysit because he has had trouble sleeping, but now that he is sleeping through the night I suppose it is time to let go of my vice-like grip on him. Playing dress up in my new Vero Moda rockabilly inspired dress did help coax me out the door, as did the promise of a meal eaten while still warm without simultaneously feeding a tiny beast.

I love this dress. It is very floaty and girlie (and has a button down placket for nursing). The flowers are much brighter red and electric blue, which add a nice punch of colour on these dreary days. I thought the retro vibe of the dress looked perfect with my new Ralph Lauren glasses–my first truly indulgent specs. I love them, but I wish they said ‘Lauren’ on the arm instead of ‘Ralph’. Fact: I was named after Ralph Lauren. Just as we were about to leave, I remembered this great handbag I found among a file of lovely treasures an old woman was selling in Howth. I love discovering truley vintage pieces in unexpected places. And of course I wore my ‘N’ necklace in honour of Nate.

Chris took me to Lock’s Brasserie and it was amazing. I don’t think I can describe how good the food was or how nice it was to do something grown up and romantic with my hubby.

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Rimmel Night at Awear

March 31st, 2011 · News, Shop Dublin

Last night I attended the Rimmel Make Up Masterclass at A|Wear. It was a great evening out with free Diet Coke, a packed make up goody bag, make overs and expert demonstrations by Ken Boylan. This was my first time to leave the baby, so you know the event had to be good to pry me away! Free stuff v. baby…you see who won.

I am in desperate need of new make up, but as a new mom on unpaid maternity leave, I’m dead broke so it was great to get the expert thumbs up on Rimmel products by Boylan. I love the look he created for the stunning model and may even try the green shadow on my eyes. Here’s some pics from the party (via the Rimmel Ireland Facebook page)

Fellow new momma and me. I love her lip colour!

Boylan making magic

The gorgeous result. Who knew budget beauty could looks so good?

Rimmel is available pretty much everywhere and now in A|Wear Henry Street too! While you’re there stocking up on lippy, check out the pretty frocks in the Closet. My friend and I were making a mental shopping list for our next night out without the babes.

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My heart

March 31st, 2011 · Shop Online

After Nate was born, Chris got my a lovely necklace from E. Ria Designs on Etsy with a N for Nate on it. I absolutely love my necklace (so that he can always be close to my heart, gah). I picked out this necklace because the initial was quite small and offset, making it a little different. I debated gold or silver for a while and opted for silver with a gold pearl. Any future kids can be gold (then silver, then gold, then silver…now Chris is really sweating!) Husbands, dads, sons, take note: this is a lovely gift for a mom.

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Dressholic on Etsy

March 30th, 2011 · Shop Online

Normally when I browse through Etsy I stick to the Vintage pages. I completely forgot that there are some amazing, reasonably priced dresses in the handmade section. Check out the amazing Dressholic shop with gorgeous (and cheap!) dresses designed with a retro flair by a young Korean designer. I adore this orange polka dot dress! Off to go check my measurements!

Orange Polka Dot Dress $42.50

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Give Good Face

March 28th, 2011 · Shop Dublin, Shop Online

Thank to my very generous husband, brother in law and coworkers I have been loaded up with gift vouchers to the Buff Day Spa near Stephen’s Green. I visited the spa on several occasions for blissful maternity massage and have been excited to indulge myself in treatments I’m usually too stingy for like mud treatments and facials.

Yesterday I had my first proper facial and I now realise the error of my ways. Facials are vitally important and should be as essential as going to the dentist and optomitrist. My skin was desperate. After 7 months of general neglect as a busy mom and with the baby taking all my nutrients from pregnancy and breastfeeding, I’d lost the glow. But thanks to the sublime Dermalogica facial and the deft hands of Niahm, I now have the face of a 25 year old me.

I seriously cannot stop touching my face. It is so soft and smooth and, this is embarrassing, I thought I had freckles. But no! They were blackheads. Yuck! Now all gone. I’m hooked and am now going to add regular facials to my life, along with the Dermalogica products. Thanks to the gals at, I learned you can get the products cheap and delivered to your door on Adonis Grooming.

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Mother’s Day Dress Search

March 9th, 2011 · Shop Online, Shop Vintage

I’m so grateful and excited to celebrate my fist mother’s day this year. I don’t have a ton of pictures of me and Nate (I’m usually behind the camera these days), so I’d like to look lovely on the day. I’m looking for a spring dress (even it if is cold that day) that has an a-line skirt and buttons up or crosses over (for easy nursing access). This quest is harder than I thought it would be. Here are two contenders I found on Etsy tonight.

60s-70s Chambray Dress w/ Rainbow Stitching $24

Day at the Beach Dress $25

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6 Months

February 17th, 2011 · Uncategorized

Nathaniel turned 6 months old on Sunday. I can’t believe how time flies. I just adore this little fellow. Pardon my break from pretty dresses, here’s a look back at Nate over the past few months.

(more pics of Nate here)

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Vintage Misfits on Etsy

February 5th, 2011 · Shop Online, Shop Vintage

I came across a great Etsy seller today, Vintage Misfits, and found two sweet dresses that I might have to get. Again I’m drawn to the black and white…guess all the baby toys taking over my house are enough colour for me!

60s Black Velvet Dress $22

70s Ivory Dress $10

There are over 200 items in the shop (run by a Texas gal no less) and all are organised by colour. It’s really a fun shop to click through as the colours change from black to brown to green to blue… If you’re looking for a Little Black Dress, you’ll definitely find one here. Just don’t take the velvet dress, I think I need that for my 30th celebration later this year!

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Vintage Fair – April 17

February 4th, 2011 · News, Shop Dublin, Shop Vintage, Style Events

Vintage Ireland have just announced the date for the next Vintage Fashion and Decor Fair. Polish up your pumps and freshen up your frocks because the fair returns to the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire on April 17. I attended last year and loved it. And in an interesting bit of internet synchronisity, I visited to the Vintage Ireland website to look for the date of the fair only hours before the press release went out. Great minds…

Here’s my quick review of last year’s event and here’s what I wore.

You can find out more at and here’s what the folks at Vintage Ireland have to say about the event.

The fashion renaissance continues into 2011 with the return of the Vintage Fashion and Decor Fair to the Royal Marine Hotel on Sunday 17th April.

The enthusiasm for vintage shows no sign of abating, and fashion on sale at the Vintage Fair ticks all the important boxes for today’s savvy shopper: ethical, eco-friendly, good value fashion, and with Ireland’s best vintage sellers all conveniently gathered under one roof.

A veritable one-stop vintage supermarket, the Dublin Vintage Fair covers all areas of 20th century fashion, from clothing to jewellery, hats, handbags, shoes and accessories, even including vintage powder compacts, scent bottles, sewing patterns and fashion prints, along with unique 20th century decorator items and homewares. The event runs from 11am till 6pm.

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February 2nd, 2011 · Shop Online

Although I’ll be sad to end my maternity leave in June, I’ll be happy to start dressing like a lady again. In order to ease the transition from full time mommy to working girl, I think I’ll need these. It’s so cold out, why not dream of sunny days!

ASOS Classic Retro Shades €15 // A|Wear Sarah Sleeveless Tie Side Dress €50

By the way, I am absolutely loving the new High Society line at A|Wear this season. Everything is so lovely and feminine. I’m all about grown up, soft, sophisticated looks this spring/summer (even if they clash with baby puke!) and will hopefully be picking up some of these looks as I rebuild my work wear.

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Flea File – January

February 1st, 2011 · Shop Dublin, Shop Thrift, Shop Vintage

We bundled up the baby on Sunday and headed out to a packed Dublin Flea where we found some real gems.

We were married and lived in Boston for several years, so Make Way for Ducklings was a very special find (it’s about a group of wayward ducklings in Boston and there are statues of the little birds in Boston Common). The other book, Corduroy was one of my childhood favorites! Both books are in excellent condition.

I have wanted kitchen scales since we got married and I inherited all of the hubby’s metric recipe books. They always seem way too expensive or not right for our kitchen. These were perfect! The right color, the right size and in perfect working condition. To the owner, they have gone to a good home and will be used to bake this week!

Black and white vintage frocks for spring. Both are cute with DIY potential. The black dress could use a little embellishing and sprucing up, maybe a shorter hem. The white dress doesn’t quite fit (but it will!) and has a hole that needs mending, but it is my new project. It is going to look amazing with my gold obi belt and leopard heels.

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First Post

January 30th, 2011 · Real Style

♥ Dress, Scarf: Forever 21 ♥ Cardigan: Gap ♥ Leggings: Old Navy ♥ Boots: M&S ♥ Bag: Dublin Flea ♥

Well folks, it’s my first outfit post in about 6 months. I have to admit, I have been lacking on the cute outfit front opting for stay-warm cardigans, yoga pants, hiking boots and nursing tops. For the most part, I’m on the floor playing with my busy little man or pushing him all around the neighborhood in his buggy. But I’m trying to pull it together a bit more on the weekends. This dress from Forever 21 is one of my first new purchases (not counting my many H&M nursing tops that I can’t live without) worn for shopping and lunch in Dundrum. It is a prefect post-baby outfit. Let’s be honest: a dark pattern to hide the baby slobber, button up top for easy boob access and flowy skirt for hiding that ever present baby tummy are all I need! That and my little monster in toe.

PS: He’s a doll. Here’s proof.

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